Jesus is looking for us to return to unity. The unity desired by God is not total conformity to appearances or institutional structures, but instead a unity in following Christ, making Him the Lord of our lives, and abounding in love for our brothers and sisters. Are we displaying the power, authority, and love of God in our lives, or are we simply putting up with one another. We must be committed to unity and the way that it is established in the scriptures. Far too often we encounter internal discord that is unnecessary or against the tenets of the Word. Lord give us the eyes we need to see who you are calling us to be in this generation!
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Everything comes from the Spirit of God moving and the Word of God going forth, and we partake in that ability to speak. Will we in this generation close our ears and speak only what it is out heart rather than what is in accordance with the will of God? Will death and sin continue to reign over us despite the cross of Christ and the redemption that is available because of His victory? Will we shrink back even in the body of Christ even into our darkness? Clarity, confidence, strength, and blessing are available in Jesus. Behold all things are made new. We must arise in this moment and shake the wilderness by following the Lord. Only the power of the Spirit of God can bring us back to life in this moment. Devote yourself to knowing God and watch what He will do!
Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.
We all face challenges. Sometimes they are grueling and intense. In the midst of a storm it is the Lord’s presence and His Word that sustains and uplifts us. Every so often we need a reminder that our God is more powerful than any storm. He is the one who calms the ways. We must be thankful and joyful in the presence of God. Our Lord is faithful, and He has made promises to us. A storm will either be an occasion for doubt or an occasion for faith to triumph. No matter what you are facing today know that the Lord is your refuge. Jesus is there for you! Thank the Lord for the strength that He provides to endure.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
The people of God are still more numerous and mighty than those who fight against the Lord. We have been deceived into thinking that we are a small, isolated, shrinking group. The same pattern in Exodus is repeating today. The enemy has a strategy to marginalize the body of Christ because the only way for darkness to ascend is for the light to retreat. We have been distracted from our purpose as representatives of the Kingdom of God. We have succumbed to threats rather than stand up for the Lord. Our children have been targeted. This is an old plan with a new face. We must call out to God now! God wants to show Himself powerful and compassionate in this generation. We must be shaken awake by the Holy Spirit. Lord help us to remember that we can come to you, the source of all power!
Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.
Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.”
One more time the Lord deserves a great harvest in this generation! The enemies of God have been prowling and devouring for decades, and the body of Christ has not battled against this threat effectively. There is tremendous confusion, division, and deception in this moment, but we still serve a living and risen Christ! Jesus help us to arise right now from the weakness and failure we find ourselves trapped in. As we cry out to you and repent answer us Lord with an anointing from your Holy Spirit that will shake the foundations of the spiritual strongholds that have been erected in our land. Now is the moment for us to press in to God, to walk in forgiveness, and to be set truly free!
Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.
For look, they lie in wait for my life;
The mighty gather against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.
They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.
Awake to help me, and behold!
You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to punish all the nations;
Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah
At evening they return,
They growl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
Indeed, they belch with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips;
For they say, “Who hears?”
But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them;
You shall have all the nations in derision.
I will wait for You, O You his Strength;
For God is my defense.
My God of mercy shall come to meet me;
God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
Scatter them by Your power,
And bring them down,
O Lord our shield.
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be taken in their pride,
And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
Consume them in wrath, consume them,
That they may not be;
And let them know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah
And at evening they return,
They growl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
They wander up and down for food,
And howl if they are not satisfied.
But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.
There was a moment when even David gave in to fear and compromise. He fled from Saul into the land of the enemies of God. He was no longer pursued by Saul, but he was outside of where God had called him to be. We must understand the importance of standing up and not shrinking away in this moment. It is time for men to be men in this generation. David’s next victory came when he returned to seeking the face of the Lord rather than being driven by fear. In our days we must press in to God to receive the boldness to battle for this generation. God forbid they are lost on our watch. David recovered all, and so will we if we cry out in desperate prayer for a groundswell of faith. Jesus raise up men and leaders! Turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and turn the hearts of the children to their fathers.
And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand.” Then David arose and went over with the six hundred men who were with him to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. So David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal’s widow. And it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath; so he sought him no more.
1 Samuel 27:1-4
There will come a time when darkness will so contort the minds of men that en masse they will neither acknowledge God nor pray. The time to pray is now! The Word of God is true and faithful, and we must be grateful that we are even attempting to pursue the Lord. It is time to leave what needs to be left behind and to take in the whole counsel of God for your life. We all must do this. In order to see revival and restoration the followers of Jesus must lay down everything at His cross, come into agreement with His Word, and walk in obedience to His will. This is an urgent call: there is no shadow of turning with God. It is time to be cleansed through repentance, it is time to walk in forgiveness, it is time to seek God while He may be found. Nothing short of a full pursuit of the Lord will stand in the days ahead.
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!